What are the proposed work requirements? The chair’s plan would require all SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants age 18-59 who are not disabled or raising a child under 6 to prove every month that they are working and/or participating in a work program at least 20 hours per week. Those who cannot comply would face harsh sanctions:
- The first failure would result in a loss of benefits for 12 months.
- Each subsequent failure would lock individuals out of SNAP for 36 months.
- Individuals could only regain eligibility by working at least 20 hours per week for a month, or requalify through an exemption such as disability.